2017 Living Landscapes Feature 

Covering a 30,000 square foot hall of the EY centre, the Living Lanscape feature was the pride and joy of the Ottawa Home and Garden Show. The space had 9 stimulating gardens ranging in size each with its own theme, inspiration and design.



BVG Landscape Contractor Inc. is an established and innovative landscape company based in the heart of Kanata, specializing in landscape design and landscape construction. BVG also offers a unique appreciation of the water garden industry through a full array of landscape installations. BVG prides itself in its commitment to their clients, resurrecting the lost art of customer service. With 30+ years’ experience in the landscape industry, BVG has hundreds of satisfied customers who provide testament to their service and quality.

Brian Geraghty is the Owner of BVG Landscape Contractor Inc. and has been a part of the landscape industry for some 30+ years both growing and honing his skills where today his company offers a variety of landscape lifestyles.

Our Mission Statement: “Your satisfaction…. Is our success;” reflects our philosophy in offering to all who allow us to share in their vision the “Best Value Guaranteed”


After decades in the industry and having the privilege of working in West Vancouver, Whistler and the Greater Ottawa Valley, BVG Landscape Contractor Inc. wishes to share our appreciation for the water garden industry through a visual display of the elements in a typical Asian courtyard. These creations display our passion and drive to always be inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds us in everyday life. Dedication to our work exemplifies our mission statement; "Your satisfaction is our success!”


BVG has taken a step into the past, with our own unique twist and traditional Asian courtyard. This vision allows all who visit to wonder at the possibilities that await their own homes while appreciating the timeless marriage of water, earth, wood, and stone that compliment and harmonize creating unparalleled landscape features. For the contemplative we have Zen like gardens, for the bold we have sheer descent waterfalls in a classic setting, for the curious we have a koi wishing well and for the adventurous there are intersecting walk paths converging at a central communal lookout. The sense of being transported to a simpler and reflective time is accentuated through the comforting candlelight of Japanese style lanterns. These lanterns illuminate the entryways to a point of repose where a whimsical pergola awaits the weary to unburden any predispositions and allow the natural beauty to create an ethereal space. Finally we thank the public and our patrons the best way we know, which is through our work which is our passion.





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The Perth Brewery Beer Garden


Family owned and operated, Perth Brewery has been proudly brewing great beers since 1993. Located in the beautiful heritage town of Perth, central to 100 lakes within a 50 mile radius, Perth Brewery's focus has been to create beer styles that reflect the popular community. From thirst quenching lagers, pilsners & ambers to delicious IPA's, stouts and fun seasonals, there is a style for everyone. Conveniently located on hwy 7, drop in and tour the bright and inviting brewery, and don't forget to hit up the free tasting bar!

Thank You to our Sponsors & Partners





We are happy to announce that the Dave Ward trio will be playing onsite at the Perth Brewery Beer Gardens! They will be presenting a mix of jazz standards and bossas as well as any requests you may have. Some of their engagements included Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Garden Party, Prime Minister Paul Martin's Christmas Party, Prime Minister Jean Chretien's Retirement Party and a cocktail reception for President George Bush. Find out more: http://web.ncf.ca/fg957/index.html


Show Times:
Friday, March 24th: 3pm-6pm
Saturday, March 25th: 1pm-4pm
Sunday, March 26th: 1pm-4pm


Bar Hours:
Thursday March 23rd 2pm – 9pm
Friday March 24th 2pm – 9pm
Saturday March 25th Noon – 7pm
Sunday March 26th Noon – 5pm
*Bar may close early depending on traffic



Serenity Landscaping is an Ottawa based company that specializes in quality craftsmanship, with having little negative impact on the environment, to better your living space. Our team will guide you through the design build process with an emphasis on quality, courtesy and professionalism.

Serenity Landscaping works with you to create your own unique living space, educating you on proper maintenance and care, allowing you to get the most out of your new living space.


 A Garden Feast is a whimsical outdoor dining room inspired by the rustic use of natural elements and spring colour. Stone, wood and water are masterfully combined to create a tranquil setting which invites you to linger and enjoy the details of this unique space.

Our goal was to create a natural outdoor living space which encourages relaxation and rejuvenation in a space where friends and family can meet to enjoy nature in its natural form. With the natural round logs used for the pergola, to the tranquil sound of the water flowing through the stone table top, all together creating a setting where one can sit back and block out all the distractions from everyday life, and be in the moment. 


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Permacon is Canada's leading Manufacturer of concrete, Landscape, Masonry and Architectural products. It remains the only company in the Industry with Manufacturing in the National Capital. When it comes time to build, we offer an infinite variety of possibilities to assist you with your renovation or construction projects. Permacon's “Collections” provides the answer for all your landscape design ideas and cladding projects creating a true Harmony of Space.


Available in a wide range of shape and colour combinations, Permacon's products will give your landscaping or masonry project the unique and distinctive character that you seek. Discover all that Permacon can do for you and create a landscape that matches your lifestyle, or give your house added flair and prestige with brick or stone cladding.


Housing the OAC North American R&D facility at its Montreal Headquarters, Permacon’s quest to continue to excel as one of the industries true Product Innovators never stops. Take the time to see all that is new for 2016 in the updated Permacon Catalogue or go online to www.Permacon.ca to find your inspiration.




This garden design was created by the Algonquin College Horticultural Industries Class of 2016, as part of a term project for a group of fourth semester landscape design students. Presented by Permacon the garden design was created by students Eleni Scharf, Feighona Valencik, and Tara Mills.


The garden was created to encourage mindfulness, meditation, relaxation and introspection. Each corner of the booth includes features that can be used as an aid for mindfulness or focused attention meditation by engaging the senses. The sight of vibrant flowers, the sound of running water, the texture of soft foliage and the smell of fragrant flowers. In one of the corners there is a feature to create the soothing sounds of water. By hearing sounds like water flowing, this draws the attention of the viewer to the feature and to the present moment. With a seating area surrounded by visually striking shrubs, scented bulbs, to encourage relaxation with an element of aromatherapy. In a world that’s constantly on the go, come visit the Introspectum Garden for a place to relax, reflect and introspect.





Garden #5: The Modern Ranch

Gardening by Design, Artistic Landscape Designs & Lanark Cedar have come together to create a space that is a non traditional take on a Canadian landscape. This design showcases contrasting elements from different regions. The garden transports us to an arid and dry environment showcasing succulents and synthetic cacti as some of the selected plant material, and pea stone as the main ground cover. Although it may not seem so, the entire space was designed to withstand our Canadian winters. All plants, stone products, wood and steel are commonly used in the Ottawa region today, it is just the combination of these elements that make this space unique. It is important to be reminded that there are many possibilities in terms of our outdoor space, all the while achieving a long lasting, and functional design.


Since 1955, this family owned company has been at the cutting edge of landscape design and construction, transforming thousands of Ottawa area yards into breath taking works of art. In 1963 we started our own growing nursery to supply our landscape operations.  Due to a growing curiosity of local visitors, we felt compelled to open our nursery to the public. Company founders Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Schmitz and 4 children presided over the company from 1955 until its 50th anniversary in 2005. Since then Eva Schmitz (president) and Eckhart Schmitz (C.E.O.) have assumed leadership of the company.  Also crucial to our organization is our general Manager Mossy (Mostafa  Fallah). We gratefully acknowledge our dedicated staff for their enduring excellent service over many years.  Several have been with us for over 25 years. 


Our purpose is to educate home gardeners to produce long lasting beautiful gardens for their pleasure and enjoyment, whether the space is large or small.  This process incorporates functional and creative elements such as walks, patios, pools, ponds ect.  As in the past, we hope to continue in the educational process, which will provide you with new and stunning possibilities.


Founded in 1955 Lanark Cedar has operations in Ottawa and Carleton Place. We are a team of 12 dedicated employees. Since our inception over 60 years ago, our employees continue to build Lanark Cedar into a diverse group of performance-driven enterprises. It is through our dedicated team using the best practices to make the best products that enable us to better serve our customers. Our growth is driven by a set of consistent fundamental values through the years: • Uncompromising quality in making our products and committed service to our valued customers. • An unwavering focus on continuous improvement and innovation in our diverse businesses. • And a responsibility to make a positive difference in our communities, where we are proud to live and work, as well as to the health of the land, air and water that sustains our world.




Motivated by all design types, and love of horticulture, the GbD team strives to create innovative yet ageless designs. Our belief is that a garden is a physical reflection of individuality, lifestyle and constant transformation. For 25 years, GBD has been recognized for their extensive residential and commercial landscape designs. Their portfolio extends across Ottawa and surroundings areas, including the Greater Toronto Area.

The team consists of 3 women; Erin, Engelina & Mary-Anne, each bringing a unique style and set of skills to every design. collaboration and drawing inspiration from outside sources is a key part of their process when designing.

"We are here to help you achieve a space that enhances your lifestyle. We believe it is important to create a unique environment that compliments its surroundings and spatial subtleties through a mindful and creative process."

- Mary-Anne, Engelina, Erin



Welwyn Wong Landscape Design is an award-winning Ottawa based company that specializes in unique custom landscapes that leave a lasting impression. Our design process is interactive, ensuring that you end up with a design that truly meets your specific needs and perfectly balances both form and function. Our capable team can provide a turn-key landscape solution that is attractive to clients with busy lifestyles. Our comprehensive services range from design through to construction management so we are able to take care of all the details and ensure your landscape dreams truly become a reality!




Our goal was to create a tranquil, retreat-like setting that encourages contemplation, relaxation and renewal. The visitor is drawn into a secret, walled garden with a majestic red maple at its centre, representing the force of life. Two tall piers create a strong site line and add a strong, vertical element to the garden. The modern pond surrounding the tree introduces water – the foundation for all life forms and a symbol of renewal and tranquility. A cedar deck brings a warm wood element to the hardscape and a slab stepping stone path guides visitors to discover a secondary focal point that invites contemplation. The result is a garden that is full of discovery, is rich in symbolism and evokes a unique sense of place.




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The Horticultural Industries program at Algonquin College is designed for individuals who are interested in landscape design from conception to implementation. This two-year Ontario College Diploma program delivered in a compressed format over 16 months incorporates key aspects of the evolving horticultural industries including sustainable urban agriculture, green roof and living wall technology, nursery production and management and urban and rural landscape design, installation and maintenance. The program includes one mandatory cooperative education (Co-op) Work Term enabling students to gain valuable work experience and networks within industry.

Also at Algonquin is the Horticulture Technician Apprenticeship Program for those employed in the Horticulture Industry that wish to pursue their certification as a Red Seal Certified worker.


This garden design was created by the Horticultural Industries Class of 2016, as part of a term project for a group of fourth semester landscape design students. A design competition was held, presentations were given, and selections were made by their peers and several faculty members. The winning design this year is titled A Clean Walk. It was created by students Katja Gillmore, Quinn Stokes and Morgan Whitehead. The Garden is a celebration of the City of Ottawa as well as the 50th anniversary of Algonquin College. Two distinct ‘zones’ are used – A Xeric Garden inspired by urban elements of the City and a Rain Garden inspired by nature and elements of the Woodroffe Campus at Algonquin College. The Garden has been constructed by both the second semester Landscape Construction class and the 1st level Horticulure Apprenticeship students as a class project under the supervision of several faculty. The project was constructed using mostly locally purchased and/or donated product.



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Maréchal was founded in March 2000 by François Maréchal. The company now employs 15 staff members year-round and up to 40 in peak periods. Maréchal is dedicated to providing a wide array of highly personalized quality services. Customer satisfaction is their prime focus which allows them to stand out from their competitors.

Also contributing to Maréchal’s success is a pool of skilled and competent staff members, many of whom have been with the company from the beginning. While working in your home or yard, Maréchal’s professional staff is attentive to your every need. Maréchal only deals with top-notch sub-contractors, when needed, and still maintains the best quality-price ratio on the market. Do not hesitate to contact Maréchal for all your residential projects, small or large. Let Maréchal take care of everything so you can relax!




Once again this year, Maréchal teams up with Dominick Meloche from DM Design to bring you a nice relaxing garden setting. Whether you would like to go for a quick stroll, to play with the kids on the lawn or take time to read a book, Maréchal can create a personal paradise for any activity. A blend of natural stones and prefabricated concrete products complement a healthy green surrounding composed of indigenous trees, shrubs and plants to make you feel closer than ever to nature right in your own backyard. Our garden also includes a simple water feature and soft lighting which makes it the perfect place to relax with friends and family. Enjoy!





Hansen Lawn and Gardens Ltd. was established in 1988 and is one of Ottawa's most respected landscape companies. Hansen Lawn and Gardens Ltd. prides itself on providing professional, high quality products and services at an affordable price for no other reason than... "You deserve it"! Design your landscape. Build your dream yard. Maintain your investment.


Our inspiration came from clients wanting to live inside their landscape. Our design team wanted to create a space that pulled in elements of modern design with classic functionality. With you in mind - we wanted to create a space that you can relax and feel serene, but still have friends and family over for a sit down dinner, or an informal gathering. Your guests will love that the complex construction looks simply beautiful without confusion and pulls you into the landscape. With various spaces to enjoy the surrounding atmosphere takes you away from the crazy world and brings you into your backyard oasis.